Bishop Amat’s 40-23 season-opening win over Servite looks better on paper after Servite came-from-behind to beat Rancho Cucamonga, 24-23, Maxpreps’ sixth-ranked team in the state. With Chino Hills stepping up and tying Bishop Amat 48-48 in a game it very well could have won, this bodes well for their Inland confidence and feeling they can play with anyone. They proved it.
Chino Hills and Bishop Amat are playing tough schedules that continue this week with Chino Hills hosting Pac-5s Tesoro (2-0) and Bishop Amat heading to La Mirada (2-0), which already has hammered St. Paul and La Habra. On paper Tesoro’s an even bigger test than Amat, ranked fourth in the L.A. Times’ Southern California rankings. I don’t know what to make of La Mirada, I thought ranking them No. 1 over West Covina to open the Southeast Division rankings was a joke, but the joke’s been on me so far. They’re playing great ball and deserve No. 1 in the Southeast. You can check out Aram’s All-Encompassing SGVN rankings out this morning, he’s got La Mirada at No. 3.
The Tribune rankings come Monday and there will certainly be some turnover. It’s quite clear the top three teams should be Bishop Amat, Chino Hills and Charter Oak, and though I’ll probably leave Amat on top, you can make an argument Chino Hills deserves it too, or at least a 1 and 1A top two.
The next seven will be tough. How far do you drop West Covina and Damien after thorough beatdowns to upper division teams? How far do you move South Hills, San Dimas, Los Altos and Diamond Ranch up after an impressive two weeks? All things for you to consider on your lazy Sunday afternoon holiday weekend.